Joining the International Cinematographer’s Guild as an assistant cameraperson was like crossing the finish line of a marathon I’d spent nearly a decade training for. My dream job was always working on camera crews, and I made it! Not everyone who has a dream can say that!
Then, this spring, I trained for the New Jersey Marathon while working on a television show and two pilots. Imagine averaging 13 hours, 5 days a week on your feet in the elements, carrying heavy things, barely having time to pee and almost always in a stressful rush to prepare for the next problem. Now imagine training for a marathon on top of that. I had a great success at the marathon, but sacrificed performance at work because I was overtired and physically run down.
Now I’m at a juncture where I’m starting to move up on the ladder, and simultaneously started training for the NYC Marathon. Bad idea? Probably. My experience training for New Jersey taught me that something’s got to give. And honestly if it’s between filmmaking and running…I’m thinking it might be time for a career change.
But is that insane, to give up my dream career for running? There are lots of other reasons, but at my core what I truly want is to be able to balance my work life with my other passions, including the marathon.
What would you do? Would you give up your dream job if you had to give up running to keep doing it? As always, answer in the comments!